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Breaking news: Nutley PD: Car stolen with pet pup inside


Nutley police are looking for a pet dog that was stolen along with a 2011 black Hyundai Sonata on Monday morning, June 27, at the 7-11 on Passaic Ave. in Nutley. The car was found the next day in Newark, but the dog is still missing.

Police said the owner had left the motor running when she went into the store because she wanted the A/C on for the dog, a 10-year-old white Maltese named Valentino (see photo). When she returned a few moments later, the car was gone – with Valentino inside.

Anyone with information on Valentino’s possible whereabouts is asked to call the Nutley PD at (973) 284-4940.

Nutley Det. Anthony Montanari said the owner is “absolutely heartbroken” over the loss of her pet and police hope the thief does not harm the defenseless animal.

Witnesses reported seeing a black male, approximately 5’7” tall with a thin build and wearing a white T-shirt, jump into the vehicle, which fled north on Passaic Ave.

Traffic Alert!

NJDOT announces weekend closure of the Route 7 Wittpenn Bridge

The New Jersey Department of Transportation  announced Friday the Route 7 Wittpenn Bridge over the Hackensack River in Jersey City and Kearny, Hudson County will be closed this weekend in connection with an interim bridge repair project.

The bridge closure is weather dependent.

NJDOT will close the bridge to traffic for the entire weekend from from 10 p.m., Friday June 3,  until around 5:30 a.m. Monday morning, June 6.

The following detours will be in effect during all full closures of the bridge:

•  Route 7 eastbound traffic will take Fish House Road to Pennsylvania Avenue to Central Avenue and then continue to Route 1&9T northbound and return to Route 7.

• Route 7 westbound traffic will take to Route 1&9T southbound to Central Avenue and then continue to Pennsylvania Avenue to Fish House Road and return to Route 7.

Breaking News: Hurricane Earl may bring high winds to the area

KEARNY — Forecasters say Hurricane Earl may not hit land in New Jersey, but could very well bring torrential rains and high winds to the Tri-State Area, the National Weather Service has announced. Residents are urged to keep track of the storm on TV, the radio and online. Check back here at TheObserver.com for updates as warranted. In the meantime, here’s the latest from NBC News on the storm’s path: